Skip to main content

mommy thoughts: chore chart and reward system

I don't know about other moms, but I was having such a difficult time getting my daughter to brush her teeth in the morning. I can ask Miss C to brush her teeth and remind her a bazillion times. She'll retreat to the bathroom and 10 minutes later, still not be done. "Oh, I have to go potty," "I'm just washing hands!" "I have to rearrange my bows in my bow holder" "I have to wash my barbie's hair!" After many many mornings of expasperation, I looked online for reward charts and methods. There are a ton ideas out there on different mommy or craft blogs. Here are a few ideas that inspired me:
Pom Pom Reward Jar from Busy Kids = Happy Mom
DIY washi tape reward jars by Omiyage
Reward System by Signature Moms

Most of the chore charts I've seen are too complicated or too simple for my 5 year old. She does help us clean on cleaning days (typically Saturday morning), and she does not have chores yet with the exception of picking up her toys and making her bed.  After searching online for printable chore charts and trying to make my own custom chore chart, I stumbled upon one at a local Once Upon a Child, a consignment store chain. It is a simple chore chart with reusable stickers: make bed, bath/shower, comb hair, brush teeth, pick up toys and be happy (good days vs. tantrum/whiny filled day). The only thing I had to customize on it was added an extra line on the brush teeth squares because we brush our teeth in the morning and at night.  
She gets a heart for every item that gets done.
On Sunday or Monday evenings, she counts the hearts she accumulated that past week. 1 heart = 1 pom. She then counts out the poms on the floor, and recounts them as she's putting the poms in the reward jar (Bonus: Miss C gets to practice counting numbers!)

Now the reward jar. There are 4 reward levels, each level takes almost about a week's worth of poms (if she gets most her hearts for the week.) Level 1 is a RedBox movie. Reward level 2 would be a local frozen yogurt store where you can pick your own flavor and add as much toppings as you wish. Reward level 3 is cash, I'm thinking about $5-10 (I haven't decided yet). Which is okay because she really wants to get to reward level 4 which is a bowling OR a movie night. If she wants to redeem a reward, we empty the jar and all the poms go back to the bag and she starts fresh. 
The poms are not just directly from the hearts. I'm trying to also catch her good behavior (doing extra nice things, being super good at different occasions) and add poms to the jar accordingly. On the contrary, we also threaten (and have taken away) poms as consequences for poor choices. A warning and a threat of taking poms (no more than 5 at a time) away usually curbs most tantrums or whining.

My husband and I are debating whether or not to tie in thumbsucking "rules/rewards". Maybe a pom for each hour that she's awake she's not sucking her thumb? I don't know yet, I just thought of this as I'm typing this.

Right now, she's trying to save up for that movie. Hopefully, she fills up that jar soon, because Mommy really wants to see Finding Nemo in 3D! :)

(Note: The reward does not replace any of our father/daughter dates, 
or mommy/me girls only days, or family fun dates.) 

So far its working for Miss C. I can't say that all morning and bedtimes routines go without a hitch, but there is a slight improvement in the "S" household! :)

What works for you and your kids? What do you use to encourage kids to do basic things like brushing teeth to household chores?


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Mommy's {paleo} Lunches

This week marks the last week of the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge. It was an 8-week challenge and competition with points based on diet and WOD (workout) performance. Here is a round-up highlighting some of the lunches for work the last 2 months:    Fajita Chicken Salad w/dragonfruit Meatloaf w/sweet potatoes Pork Chili Beef Koftas Flank Steak w/Sweet Potato Hash Chicken Tenders Scottish Eggs                              Greek Sausage w/brussels sprouts packed in EasyLunchBoxes note: This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links

Daddy's turn!

"Don't cha wish your girlfriend(wife) packed lunch like me?" Mommy's and Daddy's Lunch:   Grilled pork chops over green beans grilled red potatoes and grapes I don't really care if my husband gets teased about his lunches. I don't think he does either. He rarely eats lunches, so when he was participating in the Crossfit Open last March, he needed to maintain a healthier eating routine, I was a little more giddier than he was to pack his lunches too. I didn't take many pictures of them, since he didn't care much for presentation, but with EasyLunchBoxe s, it was easy to arrange the food in different compartments. Last weekend, he participated in a mud/foam run in Chicago with the some of the athletes at our Crossfit box. It was a 2.5 hour bus ride each way, so he needed to pack lunch and a post-race dinner.  Of course I jumped on that opportunity to pack his lunches too. :) Mud Run Munchies Juices for carbs, water, prote

Almond-crusted Chicken Strips! {recipe}

Mommy's Lunch: Almond-crusted chicken strips green beans, tomatoes grapes, and strawberries mother's milk tea packed in an  EasyLunchBox note: This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links Almond-crusted Chicken Strips:  inspired by this recipe from Allergy-Free Alaska 1.5-2 lb. chicken breast (cut into strips) 1 cup almond flour/meal 1 tbsp ground flax 1 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4 black pepper 1/2 tsp dried parsley 2 eggs - preheat oven to 425 ° - mix dry ingredients in a deep plate - beat egg in a separate bowl - dip chicken strips in egg then coat with almond flour mixture - place in single layer on a baking sheet  (use parchment or Silpat to prevent from sticking) - bake for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway.